The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Library book club was last night and I was actually able to make it (after missing two months in a row). They chose this book for discussion. I’d already read the book, but I didn’t remember anything about it and decided to read the book again.

Published: 2005 in Swedish, 2008 in English

Genre: thriller

Length: 590 pages

Setting: Sweden in the 2000s Continue reading

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Looking for Anne of Green Gables by Irene Gammel

The Anne of Green Gables series was a favorite of mine when I was a child. In fact, I’ve already introduced them to Miss Adventure as bedtime stories. So, when I found out from a friend there was book about the writing of the series, I was intrigued. I really knew nothing about the author beyond the fact that she wrote the Anne of Green Gables series. I was interested in learning more.

Subtitle: The Story of L. M. Montgomery and Her Literary Classic

Published: 2008

Genre: biography

Length: 262 pages of text, 312 pages total

Setting: mostly Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1903-1938 Continue reading

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Take a Left at the Cretaceous by Mark Finn

Continuing my Monday short fiction reviews, it’s time for another story from Rayguns Over Texas

Published: 2013 in Rayguns Over Texas.

Genre: speculative fiction

Setting: the Texas-Mexico border, near future Continue reading

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The Surge by Roland Smith

We’ve been driving 40 minutes nearly every night to go to play rehearsal for a month or so now. I’ve found the trip is much quieter (and I have to reprimand the kids less) if we listen to an audiobook. We listened to Storm Runners recently and it totally ended on a cliff-hanger. In fact, I’m inclined to think it was only the first half of a book. Since it ended with so little resolution of the action, we had to listen to the next book immediately.

Published: 2011

Genre: YA thriller

Length: 144 pages

Setting: Florida, immediately following the events of Storm Runners Continue reading

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Quicksilver by Amanda Quick

I saw this book at the library last year when I was looking for “Q” books. It’s the second in The Looking Glass series (and the tenth in the Arcane Society series), though, so I read the first book, In Too Deep, earlier this year. I finally got around to reading the book. Sadly, the third book in the series, Canyons of Night, is by a third alias of the author, Jayne Castle, so it wouldn’t get me a Q author. I’ll have to read something else by Amanda Quick instead.

Published: 2011

Genre: paranormal romance

Length: 327 pages

Setting: Victorian London Continue reading

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The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

I recently picked up the second book in the Magisterium series. I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Iron Trial, and I’m trying to make an effort to actually finish a series while I can still remember what the previous books are about. That might not work with long series (I’m looking at you, Dresden Files!!!), but this series is still being written, so I have a chance to stay current with it. Mr. Curiosity is also reading the books, so between the two of us, someone might remember to request the next book in the series.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 264 pages

Setting: in and around the Magisterium, soon after the events of The Iron Trial Continue reading

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Short Stories by Holly Schofield

Title: Graveyard Shift

Published: September 2013 in Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast.

Genre: speculative fiction

Length: 9 pages

Setting: a graveyard, near future

Interest: It was published in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Ryan Leong has pretty much given up. He’s just graduated from college, deep in debt, with little prospect of getting a job since all the teachers have been replaced by online classes and algorithms, and his mother just died. So, he’s going to show xiao one last time and visit his Grandfather’s grave. He figures he owes his grandfather at least one last conversation, before using the gun in his backpack. That conversation manages to turn his mind around and give him an idea of what to do after graduation.

Final thoughts: The story qualifies for speculative fiction, but not in any “crazy technology” way. Instead, the author took a trend (the creation of online courses, and the increasing expense of college) and pushed it to the extreme. What would that mean? It could mean that going to college would no longer be a help in getting a job. Instead, it would just saddle you with enormous amounts of debt, and you’d still be less competitive than the cheap overseas workers. The author also pulled in lots of details of showing respect to your elders as a Chinese immigrant.

Title comes from: The narrator goes to visit his Grandfather’s grave before dawn

Title: Hurry Up and Wait

Published: May, 2013 in Perihelion Science Fiction

Genre: post-apocalyptic

Length: 15 pages

Setting: an island off the coast of Vancouver, near future

Summary: Mike and Darren are living on a small island north of Vancouver. For all they know, they could be the last people to survive the supervirus, bombs, earthquake, and other environmental disasters that all seemed to hit at once. That thought changes when they get a text on Darren’s cell phone. A billionaire survivor is asking anyone still alive to meet at the University of Vancouver campus. Mike is pessimistic and happy to stay on the island, while Darren, who crashing landed on the island in a storm at the beginning of the apocalypse, wants to join them. They spend a winter on the island, and Mike is convinced they can’t really make it on their own. He starts making plans to get to Vancouver.

Final thoughts: An interesting twist on the post-apocalyptic story. Mike had been planning to move off grid onto the island, but the apocalypse came before he could get all his supplies together. Darren, on the other hand, was an unexpected visitor that Mike couldn’t just send away. There was no away to get to. Mike’s a little annoyed he has to share his hideaway with anyone, let alone a stranger. Eventually, though, he realizes that he just doesn’t have enough resources to survive on his own, and they think about joining other survivors.

Title comes from: A phrase Mike uses when talking about doing chores around the cabin. You have to hurry up and do something and then wait until it’s important.

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